Celebrating South Africa’s craft brewing heritage - The Little Brewery on the River


On September 24, we, at Home Food and Travel, celebrated Heritage Day with a beer tasting. This has become an annual event and craft brewers from around the country have been kind enough to send us their wares.

This year, we had three brewers in attendance and we had the pleasure of tasting over 50 brews from 16 local breweries. In no particular order, this is what we discovered.

The Little Brewery on the River – Port Alfred, Eastern Cape

Owned by brewer, Ian ‘Squire’ Cook, this regionally famous brewery offers their brews on-tap in the adjacent and very enjoyable Wharf Street Brew Pub. I have long been a fan of Ian’s brews with his Coin Ale being one of my all-time favourites.

This time, last year, we did a more in depth tasting of the Kowie Gold, Coin Ale and Squire’s Porter. This year, we were very pleased to discover Alfred’s Own Lager. This turned out to be a firm favourite at our tasting.

Ian describes it as a typical lager-style beer, with a clean and dry finish. With an ABV of 4.5%, this lager is versatile enough to range from ‘just a quick one’ to a session beer.

Interested in the other breweries we sampled? Read all about our experience with Dockside Brewery here.

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Contact Franchisee Liandé Barnard
Eastern Cape contact number 086 163 6845
Eastern Cape email address exec4@ricochetpublishing.co.za